Can a simple instrument measure polarization in gamma-ray bursts?
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Citation of Original PublicationA. Curioni and N. Mirabal, Can a simple instrument measure polarization in gamma-ray bursts?, https://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0402596
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The recent claim of a high degree of linear polarization in the prompt gamma-ray burst (GRB) emission of GRB 021206 might have important implications for the underlying mechanism ultimately responsible for the GRB radiation. While the claim itself remains controversial, a full characterization of the GRB polarization has become a scientific imperative. A review of past and present polarimetry missions motivates a set of guidelines for future dedicated GRB polarization experiments. It is also argued that polarization in GRBs could be measured by a relatively simple instrument using readily available technology.